Beaune Travel Guide

  • Chateau de Rully near Beaune
    Chateau de Rully near Beaune
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  • Flowers on the streets of Beaune
    Flowers on the streets of Beaune
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    Snapshot at the market
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Beaune Things to Do

  • Hospices de Beaune

    "Last Judgement" by Van der Weyden. Rogier Van de Weyden also called Roger de la Pasture, born in Tournai about 1400, death in Brussels where he was the official city painter, is one of these 15th century painters called "Flemish primitives" to distinguish them chronologically from the Flemish painters of 16th c. (P. Bruegel a.o.) and 17th c. (P....

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  • Churches

    The basilica Notre Dame of Beaune built in the 12th century by the bishop Etienne de Bagé, one of the largest Romanesque churches of Burgundy, was built on the model of the abbey of Cluny and the cathedral of Autun. However the frontage with its two bell-towers and a porch built at the 14th century masks the Romanesque original style. I preferred...

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  • Wine tours

    Staying in Beaune it is very easy to take trips to the nearby villages to try and buy such famous wines as Pommard and Montrachet for example. The villages are literary tiny, couple of street where you can take a small walk and private wineries where you can degustate wines and choose a bottle or another for later on.

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  • Wine museums & cellars

    I would say that this is a bit touristy, but well worth the 10 Euro. The visit starts with a short tour and then you will have the oppurtunity to taste 15 wines. The wines are from all over Burgundy, we had wines from Chablis, Fixin, Vosne-Romanee, Beaune, etc. The quality of the wines vary, but it is a fun experience and a beautiful setting. They...

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  • Market

    Les poulets rôtis à la broche se trouvent sur de nombreux marchés mais ici la qualité Poulet de Bresse ajoute un plus. En face des poulets nous avons trouvé de beaux paniers tressés dont un panier à bois qui nous a accompagné chez nous.

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  • Monuments others

    Around the centre, you’ll find the ramparts with several towers & bastions, mostly built in the 15th century. You can walk along the ramparts, either on the inner side or the outside. We walked part of it, and especially the inner way was pretty up and down. There are several signs that give you information on the different towers that you are...

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  • Museums others

    Near Saint-Léger-sous-Beuvray, an easy day trip from Beaune or Dijon, is Bibracte, a marvelous, open museum of Gaulish life set on a hillside that holds an archeological dig you may tour. Bibracte is the reason you go to St. Leger and the museum is not in the town but on Mont Beuvray, a few kilometers from the town. In the 2nd and 1st centuries BC...

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  • Famous Wines

    Staying in Beaune it is very easy to take trips to the nearby villages to try and buy such famous wines as Pommard and Montrachet for example.The villages are literary tiny, couple of street where you can take a small walk and private wineries where you can degustate wines and choose a bottle or another for later on.

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  • La basilique Notre Dame de Beaune

    The basilica Notre Dame of Beaune built in the 12th century by the bishop Etienne de Bagé, one of the largest Romanesque churches of Burgundy, was built on the model of the abbey of Cluny and the cathedral of Autun. However the frontage with its two bell-towers and a porch built at the 14th century masks the Romanesque original style. I preferred...

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Beaune Hotels

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  • Hotel Grillon

    We've stayed at Hotel Grillon four times now and absolutely love it. Mme. Grillon speaks Excellent...

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  • Hotel de la Poste Beaune

    Our choice of this 4* hotel was based on its position just at the edge of the centre of Beaune at...

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  • L'Horloge

    The hotel Bellevue is found no too far from the centre, you can walk there in about 15-20 minutes....

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Beaune Restaurants

  • L'Auberge du Marronnier in Chateauneuf...

    Au Marrionnier Restaurant is a budget restaurant that is utterly charming. You can eat inside or out and I highly recommend outside where you can watch people interacting in the beautiful streets of the village. The buildings are all stone and many kitties wander the streets . . . along with the tourists. There are flowers everywhere. Closed...

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  • Piqu'boeuf

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, restaurant specialised on steaks. Honest good food. I'm not actually a meat-eater at all, but I have to admit that my lunch and dinner in this place both were great. Service is good. Interior is interesting, it is all done in a theme of cows' life. Fun! And what is also important the food is not expensive. MIND: the restaurant is...

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  • Salon de Thé, Palais des Gourmets

    Pour suivre la demande d'une clientèle internationale les hôtels, même ceux de la France profonde, ont abandonné le typique et léger petit déjeuner français pour proposer un buffet dont les prix se rapprochent des 20 € dans les hôtels 4*. Pour moi qui me contente d'un café, d'une baguette ou d'un croissant le buffet est excessif en quantité et en...

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  • Auberge Bourguignonne

    We had very busy day exploring the Beaune area searching for chateaus and an abbey so we returned in the evening very tired. We decided to eat near the hotel and use another of Madame Grillon's recommendations. We got the 18.50 euro menu, the cheapest and it was delicious. There are several other menu choices and you can order a la carte if you...

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  • L'Incontournable

    This restaurant opened one year ago and has already acquired a good reputation among the people from the neighbourhood. It occupies two old cellars and is reached by a corridor and staircase at nr. 29 of the rue Carnot in the centre. We arrived at the beginning of the evening so that we still got a table. Later the restaurant was complete on that...

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  • Dame Tartine in Beaune

    Dame Tartine is a pleasant restaurant around the corner from the Hospices of Beaune (Hotel Dieu) and across from the Tourist Information Bureau. The food is definitely not gourmet, but it is tasty enough for the price and the service is usually very friendly. I qualify this a bit since we once had an unusually talkative waiter and we once had a...

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Beaune Transportation

  • Easy way from Paris to Beaune

    It's an easy trip from Paris to Beaune via train. We departed from Paris - Bercy on a regular TER train and three hours later we arrived at Gare de Beaune. Walking from the station to a central Beaune hotel should then take about 15 minutes.Total price for 1st Classe seating was Euro 71 each.

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  • Best way to see Burgundy

    While we contemplated renting a car or hooking up with a tour company, we were very glad we chose to rent a car. Driving in Burgundy is easy and the ability to visit little out of the way spots spontaneously made for a great experience.We rented from Europcar and were pleased with the car (Ford Focus) and the price. We were the couple who wanted...

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  • How to get in and out,Beaune

    It is at a very busy intersection in autoroutes of France with the A6 from Paris and the A31 from Metz (Lorraine) and A36 Mulhouse (Alsace). Very easy to get to on the road, for visitors the best is the viamichelin route planner at http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/ . For parking Chanceliers or St Jean south of the city are best for quick getaways to...

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Beaune Shopping

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  • cassis liquors and Védrenne

    This is one of the typical stores in Beaune which you should visit, this is the brand of a famous cassis liquor to make the kir famous drink as well as many other liquors of Burgundy and France. its what we serve at home ::)The store is fully stock and the fabrication is from factory to store direct and you. The Distellerie is there since 1923, and...

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  • All about WINE

    A visit to this book shop opposite the Hospices in Beaune is an unforgettable experience, as you can find a huge range of books written about food and wine not only in French but in English, German, Italian and other languages as well. If you’re just simply curious or a passionate amateur, you’ll find the book, card or poster that you’re looking...

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  • Wine Shops

    There are several wine shops in Beaune. This town is traditionally a centre of wine merchants in Burgundy. Wine

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Beaune Local Customs

  • Wine bottles of various sizes.

    At the Couvent des Cordeliers are on display the various bottles used for wine:Standard bottle of 75 clMagnum= 1,5 litresJeroboam= 3 litresRehoboam= 4,5 litresMathusalem= 6 litresSalmanazar= 9 litresBaltazar= 12 litresNabuchodonosor= 15 litresMagnums and Jeroboams are found in the shops but I have never seen the larger ones.The names of most are...

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  • An "Etiquette"

    This is the term in French for the label on a wie bottle. If you bought the bottle (and intend to tip your server) , after you finish your bottle say "S'il vous plait, pouvez-vous detacher l'etiquette de cette bouteille pour moi, comme souvenir". He should "willingly" comply (sometimes the heavy glue is a nuisance). This picture is of a label from...

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  • Two kisses on the cheeks

    When people meet, they greet each other with two kisses on the cheeks, following the typical French custom called se faire la bise. It seemed to me that two kisses are the rule in this town, which is rare, because in most French villages, towns and cities, the number of bises can change significantly and there is no rule at all.

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Beaune Warnings and Dangers

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    by Herkbert Written Jul 6, 2013

    In a place where wine is so accessible, it's important to remember the golden rule. The last thing you want to do is to get arrested for driving and drinking.

    Designated drivers, spit buckets and plenty of water help.

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Beaune Tourist Traps

  • by reenby Written May 7, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The idea is you taste the wines as you walk round using the little tasting dish given out at the ticket office.

    Firstly if you try them all you will be unconsious when you emerge at the other side.

    Secondly the good wines are all at the end of the tour, with the cheaper ones at the beginning. So its really best to ignore the wines at the start, at least dont drink them. Get nearer the end and start tasting there, your tastebuds and your head will thank you.,

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Beaune Off The Beaten Path

  • Church Saint Nicolas de Beaune

    an old wooden church Saint Nicolas. It is located as to what it was the outside walls of the city and now it is surrounded by city center at Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Nicolas.It was built in the 12C, and renovated in the 14 and 15C. One of the most significant parts is a tympan at its front door monolith sculptured in the 13C evocating an episode in...

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  • Hit the road and see some sites

    If you have a vehicle available, by all means drive around some of the wonderful towns near to Beaune. We visited Pommard, Meursault, Sully, Chateauneuf and Savigny-les-Beaune among others. Plus a little further away are Vezelay, Fontenay and many other wonderful places to see.Whether you prefer the highway or driving the back roads, you're sure to...

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  • Noyers is a Most Beautiful Village

    We really enjoy Burgundy and one reason (besides the wine) is the diversity of things to do and see in the region. There are lovely chateaus, quaint villages, working farms, interesting museums and gorgeous countryside.Whereever we are in France we look for the Plus Beaux Villages because they are guaranteed to be stunning. There are flowers in...

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Beaune Favorites

  • walk Beaune

    walking by the saint nicolas lavoir in historical centre Beaune is great, and the entry door or porte d'entrée of old Beaune is fascinating, just two of the pictures I found to share my earlier travels, as just purchase a home so going thru boxes still...http://www.beaune.fr/spip.php?article1747about the lavoir saint nicolas in French from the city...

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  • The Last Judgment: Understanding...

    In many ways van der Weyden's Last Judgment is the first modern version of the subject in art. He has basically patterned it after ancient models in his placing of Jesus above the Archangel Michael who is weighing souls that emerge from the ground below him, but he only seems to be presiding. A rainbow replaces some of the symbolism but the subdued...

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  • Streets and trompe-l'oeil

    Beaune being quite a small town, it has a lot of porphyry streets with shops where you can go for a stroll. The squares are nice and not too busy. The one in the third photo should be Place Carnot.Moreover, like most French towns, also Beaune has buildings with trompe-l'oeil paintings, like the ones you see in the fourth and fifth pics of this tip.

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Le Relais du Chateau (de la Rochepot)
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Private lunch
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A restaurant in cow's stile
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Tenture de la vie de la Vierge - Choir hanging.
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Polyptyque "Jugement Dernier"
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Grande Salle des "Pôvres".
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The Hospital Sisters of Beaune.
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Hôtel-Dieu. Toiture - Roof from 1902 !
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Tapisseries - Tapestries
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For those days you crave Italian food
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Drive the Route des Grands Crus
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Taste some awesome wine
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La Notre Dame de Beaune
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Delicious wine cellar dining
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L'Hotel-Dieu - Last Judgement
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Musee Hotel-Dieu - Monument to Caring
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Train Touristique to find your way around.
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A meal not to be missed..
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Hospice de Beaune, Hotel Dieu
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Collegiale of Notre Dame,Beaune
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visit a winery at Beaune
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Montreal is a Village of Character
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Way off the beaten path!
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Bibracte is fascinating
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The ramparts and bastions
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Basilica Notre Dame
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Hospices de Beaune/ Hôtel Dieu
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Chateauneuf in Burgundy
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Hunting for hidden chateaus
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Hôtel-Dieu Pharmacie - Pharmacy
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Hospices de Beaune Hotel-Dieu
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Hôtel-Dieu - overview
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Hotel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune
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HOSPICES DE BEAUNE (HOTEL-DIEU)
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Charolais beef from the grill
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An Extraordinary Creperie
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Great duck at a great price! (in Chateauneuf)
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Bibracte, museum of celtic life
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Visit Guedelon, a 13th century chateau in progress
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Cozy little restaurant on Pl. Madeleine
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